22. John Updike

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Robert M. Luscher Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch22

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Luscher, R. M. (2010) John Updike, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • John Updike;
  • John Updike, prolific in a variety of genres;
  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953), having surface appearance of yet another modernist “victim novel”;
  • Mosby's Memoirs (1968), first short story collection, is unified by same thematics as early novellas;
  • Bellow, just as adamant throughout his short stories and novellas - that he is opposed to “shivery” modernist games;
  • Bellow, recognizing as an internationally distinguished virtuoso of short fiction;
  • Bellow making publishing history - publishing two novellas in paperback, A Theft and The Bellarosa Connection;
  • The Bellarosa Connection (1989) - Bellow's most overt treatment of response of American Jews to the Holocaust


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading